Train Conductor Salary

Train Conductors in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $21.74 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. For the most part, Train Conductors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,247 - $101,259
$39K
$62K
$100K
MEDIAN: $61,822
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50%
90%

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$14.88 - $33.34
$15
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $21.74
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$39,247 - $101,259  
   
Bonus
$2,503  
Total Pay (?
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$33,455 - $90,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.88 - $33.34  
   
Overtime
$11.44 - $51.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,503  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,455 - $90,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Job Description for Train Conductor

Train conductors are responsible for managing the crew and operations of passenger/freight trains. These conductors are also in charge of tasks which do not involve actual operation of the train, such as inspecting cars before departure to ensure that they are intact and functioning properly. They also maintain communication with others involved in operating trains via radio, telephone, and hand signals.

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Train Conductor Tasks

  • Coordinate movement of trains and rail cars.
  • Maintain accurate, clear documentation of train movement.
  • Communicate train and rail movement or switches with crew.
  • Operate track switches, inspect, couple and un-couple rail cars.

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Train Conductors flock to Union Pacific Railroad for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $62K lead the pack in compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Train Conductor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $78K. Train Conductors bring in $79K after working for 10 to 20 years. Train Conductors who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $73K.

Train Conductor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Train Conductor?

Train Conductor in Stockton:
`"$Excellent work but high risk low reward."`
Pros: The work can be satisfying. In charge of putting trains together and managing different crews. Maintaining a safe work ethic while staying productive.
Cons: Like I said in the headline, high risk and low reward. You're in charge of your crew and others safety. Putting trains together and having them on an on time departure. One wrong or accidental move could be disastrous. Very stressful.

Key Stats for Train Conductor

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Train Conductor Salaries

Experienced
▲48%

Mid-Career
▲46%

Late-Career
▲36%

National Average
$53,000

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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